This riding is located southeast of Montreal and is, to a large extent, a suburb. The riding includes the cities of Marieville and Richelieu, the municipality of St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu and part of the regional municipality of La Vallée-du-Richelieu. The riding also contains Beleoil, Chambly, Carignan, St-Basile-le-Grand, Otterburn Park and Mont-St-Hilaire.
Manufacturing is an important employer, as is retail trade.
Only four per cent of the population cited English as their mother tongue in the last census. The total immigrant population is under four per cent. The average family income is $66,179 and unemployment is 5.2 per cent.
In the 2004 redistribution, this riding was renamed Chambly-Borduas.
The riding of Chambly-Rouville was established in 1933 and renamed
Chambly in 1966. In 1996, parts of Shefford, St-Hyacinthe-Bagot
riding were added.
The Bloc Québécois has held this riding since 1993. Yves Lassard
won it in 2004, with about 60 per cent of the vote. In 2000, the
Bloc's Ghislain Lebel defeated Liberal Denis Caron by 8,684
votes. Lebel was first elected in 1993. In 2002, he became an Independent
after he criticized the deal between the PQ government and the northern
Innu and said he wouldn't accept the terms under which Duceppe would
allow him to return to the BQ caucus.
This riding voted Liberal from 1933 to 1980 inclusive, except for the 1958 Diefenbaker sweep. Liberal Raymond Dupont was elected MP in 1979 and 1980. In 1984, PC Richard Grise defeated him and went on to win again in 1988. Grise resigned his seat in 1989 after being sentenced to one day in jail and fined $20,000 for fraud and breach of trust.
In the 1990 byelection, New Democrat Phil Edmonston defeated Liberal Clifford Lincoln by 19,998 votes, becoming the first New Democrat to be elected in Quebec. He had come second, behind Grise, in 1988. Edmonston is author of the Lemon-Aid new and used car guides.
1968-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1990 byelection - NDP
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: Jan. 2, 1943
Birthplace: St. Blaise/Barville
Education: Labour Relations, Union Organization and Cooperation (CNTU)
Career Background: President of Gestion ALY Inc. from 1993 to 2004. Owner of Môtel Saint-Bruno from 1993 to 2004. Adviser
to the Confédération des syndicats nationaux and Fédération des Affaires Sociales from 1969 to 1998.
President of Fédération des Affaires Sociales of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux from 1982 to 1987
Community Activities: Responsible for the Committee on Social Housing, responsible for the file on the development of the city
of Saint-Basile-le-Grand, including social housing and the revitalization of the downtown core. Athletic coach for youth in
Saint-Basile (1974-1987). Engaged in several humanitarian missions in Central and South America relating to human rights (1972-1986).
Manager of the Caisse populaire de Saint-Basile (1973-1978). Volunteer for the United Way in Sherbrooke (1969-1972). Sports coach for
youth in Val-D'Or (1960-1969). Worked in organizational planning for a hospital workers' union. Participated in many studies in the
health field, including how the aging of the population will affect the health system
Municipal: Municipal Councillor for Saint-Basile-le-Grand from 2001 to 2004
Federal: Elected in Chambly-Borduas in 2004
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee:Member: Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and its
sub-committee on Employment Insurance Funds
Caucus: Critic for: Human Resources and Skills Development
1 rue Robert
Room 239 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Career Background: Expert in events security and protocol services. Investigator and close protection guard for artists in
Quebec and Canada. Worked for many companies in this industry and has been a specialized consultant for regional and provincial
Party: Activist for the party for more than 20 years in the ridings of Sherbrooke and Richmond-Wolfe
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Education: Working on his master's thesis in communications
Career Background: Owns his own multimedia firm. Experience in video music and information systems. He has been in charge of
web-television convergence for MusiquePlus/Musimax, Canal Vie and Ztélè
Community Activities: Co-directed the public service messages for Clean Air Day. Worked as a caregiver for a group that helps
people in psychological distress
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Quebec City, Que.
Education: BA in Consumer Science from Laval; Master's in Public Admin from ÉNAP; has completed a doctorate in
measurement and evaluation at Laval. Certificate in service quality management and assurance
Career Background: Former senior consultant in charge of development, research and assessment for a health institution quality
accreditation agency. Worked at CIRRIS (Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration) as an
assessment researcher. Specialist in measurement and evaluation at the Health Quality Council in Saskatchewan, where she developed the
quality indicators framework for the province's health services. Has been teaching service quality measurement and evaluation at the
ETS Since 2002. Established the Quebec Health Quality Council (Conseil de la Qualité en Santé)
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Went to André Laurendeau secondary school. Has a B.Sc. in humanities from the University of Montreal
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Christine
Children: One son
Career Background: Works with homeless youths or those who have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling. Social worker with
the Collard-Cormier centre, which provides addiction resources
Community Activities: Former editor, designer and webmaster for many not-for-profit web sites, inlcuding Toxico Québec
actualités, Grip Montréal and JaiJamaisVotePourCa.com. Founding member of EmJEU, a group that advocates gambling in moderation
1700, boul. St-Joseph Est